On Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:34:47 -0500, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
300 cars a day and a 5 hour commute.
Purely for show and with no real benefit to the community.
The Coastal Pacific which is featured in the photo that includes the
Prime Minister is not intended to be a commuter train - it represents
the restoration of a popular tourism rail journey.
The rail new rail service between Auckland and Hamilton is a
relatively minor expansion of the Northerner that runs in each
direction three days a week. I suspect it is in reality a trial to see
whether there is much demand. We are well aware of the appalling lake
of adequate transport planning in Auckland which the journey far
longer than it should be, even without being able to run modern fast
trains. It also however highlights the poor planning of the
government, captured by the Road Tranport industry, that left upgrades
to rail out of the planning of the Waikato expressway. Economically,
fast rail freight links are very desirable between Auckland, Tauranga
and Hamilton, with possible extensions in time to either Rotorua or
Taupo. Leaving rail out of the land use considerations was yet another
failure of vision; and it is possible that the expanding housing
developments to the South of Auckland make identiying a fast train
route now urgent so that land can be acquired over time.
Similar considerations are relevant to the South Island where again a
fast train link the whole length of the island would have considerable
vlue, but probably needs to be built over time starting from a central
point such as Christchurch. Population may not result in much
passenger use for a long time in some places, but freight as a link to
ports is the key for the future.